One of the things we do on this blog is to celebrate people who are awesome. So today I’d like to introduce you to Emily Jackson. Although we’re from the same small town, I’m—ahem—several years older, and we didn’t know each other growing up. We met in the middle of our stories, when our girls (see cuties above), who were just starting theirs, became friends in kindergarten and introduced us. I could say a lot of things about Emily and how she inspires me but I came across something she wrote the other day that says it better than I ever could. Her own words are so perfect and soul-healing that I asked her if I could share them here. I’m thinking of having them tattooed on my forehead. And check out her amazing pictures! When I grow up and get more confident and secure and brave and strong I’m going to create a collage like this. Feel free to share her with the world–I hope her message goes viral!
See that? Those are my laugh lines, my wrinkles, my age spots, my frown lines, my gray hairs, my scars, the bags under my eyes, my stretch marks, my cellulite!
All the things I see in the mirror and call my flaws!
I’m not perfect, I’m human! I’m not airbrushed, I’m real! We should always strive to improve and work to be the best versions of ourselves but in the process we have to love our bodies, minds hearts and souls….flaws and all!
The things we call our flaws are what make us beautifully unique! They tell our stories!
Mine say …I’ve had four kids, I spent too many years in the sun, my baby is teething interrupting my sleep at night, I’m pushing 40, I’ve laughed, I’ve cried, I’ve lived through terrible losses of people I loved and I’ve experienced more joy than I could ever have imagined. I have lived!
Love yourself! Be kind to yourself. Stop the negative self-talk. You are beautiful. You are unique. You are special. You were created for a purpose. You are important. You are forgiven.
You are loved. There is greatness inside you! You were wonderfully made!Embrace your flaws! Click To Tweet
My name is Emily Jackson and I am a proud army wife and mother of four beautiful children. Iwas born and raised in Ozark, Arkansas, and that will always be my “home” no matter how faraway the army takes us.
I am a Beachbody coach and I run online health and fitness accountability groups for women who are looking for support, inspiration, and encouragement while on their path to becoming the best versions of themselves. If you would like to know more or to be a part of one my groups please either friend me on Facebook and send me a message at: https://m.facebook.com/emily.s.jackson.7? Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org